Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program:
Professional Nursing Education
Northwestern offers a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN) in Nursing. Since the inception of the Division of Nursing in 1982, three tracks have been offered for obtaining a baccalaureate in nursing. A BSN provides the foundation of study that can serve as a basis for pursuing advanced education in nursing.
First, the four-year Generic or Traditional Track provides the educational opportunities essential for the preparation of a professional nurse. Upon completion of all program requirements, the Generic Graduate and the LPN -to-BSN track Graduate is eligible to write the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse (RN).
Second, the Division of Nursing offers educational mobility to LPN’s who desire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The Nursing program, in conjunction with the OK Board of Regents and the “Oklahoma Articulation Agreement” may grant college credit to those individuals who qualify for extra-institutional learning.
Third, the Division of Nursing offers educational mobility to RNs prepared with a diploma or Associate's Degree in Nursing. The Nursing program, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Board of Regents and the "Oklahoma Articulation Agreement" may grant college credit to those individuals who qualify for extra-institutional learning. See the Online RN-to-BSN program link for details.
Selection of students is based on the potential for success in completing the program. Acceptance into the nursing program is contingent upon meeting the following criteria and available enrollment space in desired courses.
A. Generic Track:
Minimum criteria for generic or traditional 4-year curriculum applicants, seeking admission to the junior nursing courses are:
1. High School Diploma and meet the NWOSU Admission requirements.
2. Completion of all courses listed as prerequisites to the nursing major with a minimum of “C” before entering the junior nursing courses, maintaining the RGPA requirement of 2.50. Applicants completing prerequisite coursework during summer session may be admitted conditionally pending attainment of the specified RGPA, and a minimum grade of “C” in the following prerequisite courses prior to beginning the junior nursing courses in the Fall.
- CHEM 1105 Chemistry for Non-Majors OR CHEM 1115 General Chemistry I
- BIOL 3115 Introduction to Microbiology
- BIOL 3184 Human Anatomy
- BIOL 3194 Human Physiology
- NURS 3033 Pathophysiology for Nurses OR BIOL 4503 Pathophysiology
- ENG 1113 Comp I
- ENG 1213 Comp II
- HED 1820 Nutrition (3 hours)
- MATH 1513 College Algebra
- MATH 1313 Statistics OR PSYC 4213 Statistics
- PSYC 1113 General Psychology
- PSYC 3123 Human Life-Span Development
- SOC 1113 Introductory Sociology
- SCOM 1113 Intro to Speech Communication
3. Science GPA of 2.5. Applicants can not repeat a science course more than one time. A withdrawal counts as a repeat. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the faculty as a group.
4. Complete application and submit to the Division of Nursing, with references. Generic Track Applications are reviewed by the Division of Nursing Admissions Committee beginning in February each year.
5. Completion of the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) exam. Applicant must pass the TEAS with a score at or above the ATI TEAS BSN Program Mean.
6. Certification as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) in the state of Oklahoma.
7. Completion of a History & Physical Exam, and Student records as indicated in the Application Packet.
8.. Successful completion of a federal background check
Completed applications (including references and transcripts) are submitted to the Division of Nursing and are reviewed by the Admissions Committee in February.
B . LPN to BSN Program Track:
LPN students may receive credit for the Introduction to Nursing Concepts and may receive additional credit based upon any articulation agreements that may exist with the Career Tech programs. (Consult a faculty advisor for further information).
LPN students will enter the nursing program during fall semester of the junior year and be able to complete required nursing courses in four semesters, if attending as full-time students. Students will take the Role Transition Course* (3 hrs online) the summer prior to starting the nursing program.
The LPN to BSN Program track application process and requirements are the same as the Traditional (Generic) student process/requirements listed above.
C. RN to BSN Program Track:
RN students may complete their BSN degrees through the Online RN-to-BSN Program at NWOSU. Please see the link on this website for the program.